The Journal of Clinical Ethics




Defending the Jurisdiction of the Clinical Ethicist

John H. Evans

The Journal of Clinical Ethics 25, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 20-31.



In this essay I suggest that the bioethics professionís jurisdiction over healthcare ethics consultation is in need of reinforcement. I argue that as the profession becomes more successful, competitors will challenge the profession to justify its ethical claims and ask whose ethics the profession represents. This challenge will come more quickly as the profession tries to influence the ethics of healthcare organizations. I propose a method of bolstering jurisdiction that will make the profession less vulnerable to challenge in the future.


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